Apr 18, 2016

China sets death penalty threshold for graft cases

Corruption cases involving 3 million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft. Under President Xi Jinping the country has waged a much-publicized anti-corruption campaign vowing to target both ...

Mar 11, 2016

Iran executions hit 20-year high in 2015, U.N. investigator says

Iran executed nearly 1,000 prisoners last year, the highest number in two decades, and hundreds of journalists, activists and opposition figures languish in custody, a United Nations investigator said Thursday. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, voiced particular concern about ...

Feb 1, 2016

China punishes 27 officials over teen's wrongful execution

Twenty-seven officials in China have been “penalized” for the wrongful execution of a teenager 20 years ago, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. Hugjiltu was 18 in 1996 when he was sentenced and put to death for the rape and murder of a ...

Three sentenced to death for gang-rape, murder in India

Jan 31, 2016

Three sentenced to death for gang-rape, murder in India

Three men were sentenced to death Saturday by an Indian court for the gang-rape and murder of a student, in a case that sparked outrage over women’s safety. A further three defendants were given life sentences for the gang-rape of the victim. The court ...

Jan 3, 2016

Riyadh accuses Tehran of sponsoring terrorism

As a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and Iran escalated Saturday over the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric Riyadh accused Tehran of sponsoring terrorism and undermining regional stability. “The Iranian regime is the last regime in the world that could accuse others ...